Take a look at those climate charts again. That is not a mistake, Lima is the second largest city in the world that is located in a desert, and it hardly ever rains here. This is Peru's capital and largest city with a population of nearly 8 million, and although it may not quite show itself off as much as some of the other capitals of the continent, it is a city with a rich history and plenty of sights and attractions. Don't make the mistakes of rushing on from here to Machu Picchu without giving the city a chance, as you might be surprised by it.
Lima's most picturesque area stretches out around the Plaza de Armas (alternatively dubbed Plaza Mayor), a large square on the location where the city was founded in the 16th century. Here you will find famous sights like the Cathedral, Palacio de Gobierno (where the president lives) and City Hall. Also not too far from here you will find the San Francisco Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and huge baroque-style church. Impressive as its architecture may be, the library with its wealth in religious texts is actually the biggest draw here.
In terms of museums, there are plenty to choose from, but no matter what do not omit a visit to National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History, which tells the story of this country and its people.
Finally, after a long day of exploring, cool down on one of the city's famous beaches in seaside neighbourhoods like Miraflores and Barranco) and chill out at a restaurant enjoying one of the arguably best cuisines in the world. [Review by travelindicator]
- Lima is a city in Peru. It has a population of 7,605,742, is situated at an altitude of 453ft and the best airport to fly into is LIM (Jorge Chavez International, Lima)
- The currency used in Peru is the Peruvian nuevo sol (PEN)
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